Witold Henisz, PhD

Witold Henisz

Deloitte & Touche Professor of Management; Director, Wharton Political Risk Lab; Founder, Wharton ESG Analytics Lab, the Wharton School

Research Interests:

Political and social risk management; project management; ESG integration; stakeholder engagement

About Witold:

Witold’s research, teaching, and consulting examines the management of political and social factors by multinational corporations with a special focus on their efforts to win the hearts and minds of external stakeholders. His research has been published in top-ranked journals in international business, management, international studies, and sociology. He is the author of the book Corporate Diplomacy: Building Reputations and Relationships with External Stakeholders. He has won multiple teaching awards and teaches extensively on the topic of corporate diplomacy in executive education programs at Wharton, Oxford Saïd’s Major Programme Management master’s program, and Stanford University’s Managing Global Initiatives program. He served as the academic co-director for the KEROVKA stakeholder engagement crisis simulation. He has authored numerous teaching cases highlighting the importance of managing stakeholder risks together with their financial and operational counterparts. He is currently a principal in the political risk management consultancy PRIMA LLC, whose clients span multinational firms (AngloGold Ashanti, Rio Tinto, Gabriel Resources, Shell Corporation, Eaton Vance, and Lockheed Martin), intergovernmental organizations (the International Finance Corporation), and non-governmental organizations (the World Wildlife Fund).

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Executive Education Programs Taught:

Advanced Management Program

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Corporate Governance: Essentials for a New Business Era

Acquire critical management tools and gain new insight into the duties and nuances of board service. Learn how to forge partnerships with company officers to strengthen financial return, conduct better enterprise risk management, and achieve governance diversity during these complex times.